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why older games seem better...

aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member

first to be clear, there are significant differences in the mmorpg's from 10-15 years back (or more). so i am not belittling those changes. however, its interesting to note that a number of us older gamers can look back and think: my gahd, what was i thinking camping that spawn all day.

 

the sad truth, that i am coming to accept, is that neurologically speaking its becoming more and more evident that the brain's ability to adapt to change as we age does diminish and it does diminish noticeably.

 

im afraid that neurologically speaking some of us are simply getting older. and i mean that sincerely, not casting any aspersions. but the facts are that as you age your neuronal pathways become less and less "flexible" in forming new connections or altering paths.

 

note, this is not about intelligence or the ability to process information. it seems that in some ways its easier when you are older. but the ability to form new paths or adapt older ones in new ways is affected (even if you are doing Sudoku every morning).

 

this is often why older folks are stereotypically seen as not embracing change. neurologically, its just harder. so those things we've enjoyed in the past seem more pleasurable because in a sense they really are more pleasurable. and the reason is that the brain is not having to overcome an increasingly difficult hurdle towards change.

 

this doesn't mean that everyone over 40 can't change or adapt. but it does mean that it is decreasing over time.

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  • MagiknightMagiknight McKinleyville, CAPosts: 782Member Common
    Even if I do have more trouble adapting to change as I get older that doesn't change the fact that the games have changed. Now they are shallower, emptier, shorter, easier, quicker....
  • drakaenadrakaena Posts: 488Member Uncommon
    Because devs used to make games they wanted to play instead of corporation's deciding what will make them the most money. MMOs lost their soul. Sort of like D&D.
  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Magiknight
    Even if I do have more trouble adapting to change as I get older that doesn't change the fact that the games have changed. Now they are shallower, emptier, shorter, easier, quicker....

    This.  Yeah, I may have trouble adapting to change, but as you noted, today's titles are quite different and not for the better IMO, but your mileage may vary.

     

    In my day MMORPG's were so hard we fought our way through dungeons in the snow, uphill both ways.
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  • ste2000ste2000 londonPosts: 4,706Member Uncommon

    OP you are right that as you age people are more resistant to changes.

    But I do not think that's the issue with MMORPG.

    The reason why older games seemes better is because they were not fast paced as they are now.

    That gave us players the chance to interact more with each others and create good communities, which is what make a longeve MMO.

     

    Camping spots might seems ridiculous today, but if you think about, how many conversation you had during those camping sessions?

    And how many friends you made?

    Personally I used to make lots of friends during camping sessions and dungeon crawling.

    Today the pace is so fast that everything is over before you can write a sentence in the chat window.

    A MMO without community interaction is not a MMO for me, that's why old MMO were better than today.

    It has nothing to do with changes but the fact that they don't feel social.

     

    By the way I do not have problem adapting to changes in Single player games, so it is definetly not the changes that make me like old MMOs better.

  • MardukkMardukk Posts: 1,558Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    Originally posted by Magiknight
    Even if I do have more trouble adapting to change as I get older that doesn't change the fact that the games have changed. Now they are shallower, emptier, shorter, easier, quicker....

    This.  Yeah, I may have trouble adapting to change, but as you noted, today's titles are quite different and not for the better IMO, but your mileage may vary.

     

    I agree.  Gone are the attempts at making a virtual world, filled with freedom and consequence to my actions.  Now there is no freedom to screw up anything.  No risk and no reward.  Everyone is treated like a child, which makes the game much less rewarding.  There really is no arguing this, it's the cold hard truth.  Some may like these later types of games...I don't.  How OP missed that the games have changed, drastically for the worse, is beyond me.

     

    Hell I've been forced to play a PvP game (Darkfall UW) and I hate PvP.  But at least the world is expansive virtually seemless and there are consequences to my actions.  Not being led by the nose from braindead quest hub to quest hub.

  • stayBlindstayBlind Suwannee, GAPosts: 527Member

    A lot of older MMO seem more like 3d MUDs.

    New MMOs seem like 3d cash shops.

    :(

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  • MultibyteMultibyte Los Angeles, CAPosts: 76Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Magiknight
    Even if I do have more trouble adapting to change as I get older that doesn't change the fact that the games have changed. Now they are shallower, emptier, shorter, easier, quicker....

    I agree with this.

    Regardless of one has nostalgia for the old days or not, the games have changed drastically. Basically, they have been dumbed down dramatically to cater to players who do not enjoy challenging game and slow progression pace.

    Nostalgia may have some impact, but I have no doubt that the bigger issue is that games lost their soul and heart while turning into instant gratification fests.

    And I believe, like some others do,  this is why all those shiny new MMORPGs that are released with huge hyphe quickly start to fade away in a few months.

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member

    Who says older games seem better (for me) ...

    They are less fun, more grind, dependent on others, less convenient, requires commitment ....

    I am glad i am not playing them anymore.

     

  • XthosXthos Columbus, OHPosts: 2,628Member
    Originally posted by Magiknight
    Even if I do have more trouble adapting to change as I get older that doesn't change the fact that the games have changed. Now they are shallower, emptier, shorter, easier, quicker....

     +1, shallow mmos are horrible....Shallow single player/fps type stuff is fine, but I don't want it in my mmo.

     

  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,936Member Uncommon

    My solution:   I don't like modern games.  I play the old ones.

     


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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,565Member Uncommon

    I still play EQ1 - I play new games for a month and complete all content, then go back to EQ1 as the content there is endless in comparison.

     

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by Xthos
    Originally posted by Magiknight
    Even if I do have more trouble adapting to change as I get older that doesn't change the fact that the games have changed. Now they are shallower, emptier, shorter, easier, quicker....

     +1, shallow mmos are horrible....Shallow single player/fps type stuff is fine, but I don't want it in my mmo.

     

    Yes, i agree.

    Eve has very shallow pve combat mechanics. That is why i don't play that game.

  • DemalisDemalis Drumheller, ABPosts: 134Member
    Originally posted by ste2000

    OP you are right that as you age people are more resistant to changes.

    But I do not think that's the issue with MMORPG.

    The reason why older games seemes better is because they were not fast paced as they are now.

    That gave us players the chance to interact more with each others and create good communities, which is what make a longeve MMO.

     

    Camping spots might seems ridiculous today, but if you think about, how many conversation you had during those camping sessions?

    And how many friends you made?

    Personally I used to make lots of friends during camping sessions and dungeon crawling.

    Today the pace is so fast that everything is over before you can write a sentence in the chat window.

    A MMO without community interaction is not a MMO for me, that's why old MMO were better than today.

    It has nothing to do with changes but the fact that they don't feel social.

     

    By the way I do not have problem adapting to changes in Single player games, so it is definetly not the changes that make me like old MMOs better.

    +1

    I can't help but think what the financial turnaround is, it would be interesting to see why some companies are turning out free to plays much quicker now. These games are looking more and more like casinos everyday, faster, flashier, and newer ways to take your money. 

  • Vermillion_RaventhalVermillion_Raventhal Oxon Hill, MDPosts: 1,147Member Uncommon

    I was never into a grind but the new games are just borefest.  Very poor mechanic single player styled games with virtual cash shops pushed down your throat the whole time.  WoW is far superior to all these clones yet its long in the tooth and the repetition effects that game as well.  

     

    I think one thing about the MMORPG genre is the lack of diversity in game play from game to game.  It's a very tired formula.  Changing the lore, combat, and slapping one gimmick on it does not change the quest hub grinds.  

  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Sioux City, IAPosts: 3,828Member


    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Who says older games seem better (for me) ...They are less fun, more grind, dependent on others, less convenient, requires commitment ....I am glad i am not playing them anymore.
    Why even post? Did you like the old MMORPGs? I don't think you did. Do you enjoy the new MMOs? I think you do. How do you fit into the topic at hand?

    OP:
    As others have said, the games have changed drastically from what they once were. I think you realize this since us "old farts" can not change our likes to fit the new games :)

    Some changes I adapt to quite well, especially when those changes agree with what *I* thought needed to be changed. MMOs have removed downtime, which is where community is formed.

    - Al

    Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
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  • Neo_ViperNeo_Viper NotyourbusinessPosts: 598Member

    I'm perfectly able to make friends even with no downtime... maybe the problem doesn't come from the games?

    The "old" games had good aspects, but most also were terrible, awful grind after grind nightmares where you had to play insane amounts of time to progress. And by insane, I mean unhealthy.

    So I disagree, "old" games aren't generally "better".

    And as said, most of those games are still around... just play them!

    My computer is better than yours.

  • monochrome19monochrome19 Chicago, ILPosts: 455Member Uncommon
    I dont think its my brains fault. I still love pvp 100% I've never grown tired of it. However, questing and stuff I can do without. its so mind numbing and tedious it makes me hate it. The bottom line is, if a game is fun I'll enjoy it. but every mmo seems to share the same cookie cutter build there really is no room for fun, if you play one you play them all.
  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Boca Raton, FLPosts: 867Member Uncommon
    Neurologically speaking, I've been training my twitch skills since age 13, and 6dof spatial awareness since age 22.

    Nowadays I'm learning to unlearn what I used to know. My 30s so far feel much more stable than my 20s; no doubt I'll look back in my 40s and wonder 'how did I ever get by?'

    Personally, I think it's all part of this big illusion, but I can't spend too much time wondering about that to make it through a successful day.

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  • AntiquatedAntiquated Oak Brook, MIPosts: 673Member Uncommon

    OP Posits.

    Responses can be paraphrased "Old games were just better 'cause they were."

    Unassailable position, of course, because qualitative judgements are after all judgements.

    "Why are red cars better?"

    "I said so."

    "Well, ok then. For you, they are indeed."

     

    The problem becomes escaping from the corner you have painted yourself into, should they stop manufacturing red paint. That too is a purely personal problem.

  • Ender4Ender4 milwaukee, WIPosts: 2,253Member

    Because they build the games for the 15-25 year olds and they want something completely different than the 35-45 year olds want. If you played the old games it probably means the new games aren't targeted at you.

  • BurntvetBurntvet Baltimore, MDPosts: 2,950Member Uncommon

    I agree: the old games WERE better.

    If I wanted some mindless, shoot-em-up fun, I could play shooters, then and now for that.

    If I wanted a deeper game, I could play a AAA MMO like original UO or original SWG. Even DaoC.

    Now? There is nothing even close available: it is a market made up of  "Clones", inch-deep (so-called) action MMOs, and under-funded, under-developed indie crap MMOs.

     

    So the older games were something and offered something that the new games do not and have not.

     

  • Ender4Ender4 milwaukee, WIPosts: 2,253Member

    But again this generation won't play a game for years. There are more good titles released every month now than there were every year when I was a kid. They are going to consume a game for a couple of months and move on. They don't want a game that takes a year to reach max level because that game isn't going to be fun to them. They also aren't going to accept a game that is as poorly coded as UO was as an example, that game was a complete pile of crud from a coding standpoint. We saw just recently how a poorly coded game dies fast these days when Vanguard and WAR both failed so miserably.

    The market drives how the games are built and the market decides what is better. What some 40 year old gamer thinks doesn't really matter much to them.

  • HolophonistHolophonist Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,086Member Uncommon
    I don't think reality supports your connection here OP. I'm not disputing that an increase in age will start to have a negative impact on how well you accept or deal with change, but I think you're way off in assuming this is why people prefer older games over newer games.



    I'm 26 and I've been disappointed with modern games (mmos in particular, but also single player games) for years. I don't think a young man in his late teens and early 20s can be considered to be suffering from any neurological deterioration.



    Also, it has nothing to do with how fast paced games are now. This is pretty laughable. I'm in something like the top 1% of starcraft 2 players in the world, a game which is known for its incredibly fast pace.



    There are objective and static reasons for why we prefer "oldschool" games. The way you guys make up excuses for the shallow, casual, boring money-grabs that we call modern mmos is ridiculous.
  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Antiquated

    OP Posits.

    Responses can be paraphrased "Old games were just better 'cause they were."

    Unassailable position, of course, because qualitative judgements are after all judgements.

    "Why are red cars better?"

    "I said so."

    "Well, ok then. For you, they are indeed."

     

    The problem becomes escaping from the corner you have painted yourself into, should they stop manufacturing red paint. That too is a purely personal problem.

    Except you can easily quantify why they were different (better is a subjective term) and those difference are why I prefer them to more modern titles.

    Now, depending on your tastes you may prefer newer designs to older, but there is a clear reason why today's titles might not be a person's cup of tea, but their lack of ability to change (not willingness) really has nothing to do with it.

     

     

    In my day MMORPG's were so hard we fought our way through dungeons in the snow, uphill both ways.
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  • BladestromBladestrom edinburghPosts: 4,946Member Uncommon
    niche = specialisation, so for players that enjoyed an older style of mmorg that is regarded now as niche (RP/hardcore/open world- less lobby for e.g) their market has indeed stagnated so it's not an unreasonable position to take to say things were better back them.

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